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Reference Books for Children

  • Spelling Word Searches Ages 5-7

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: BTZSP
    Paperback 5 years +
    Level: KS1 Subject: English Children will have lots of fun practising their spelling using these word searches. Written to match the new primary curriculum, each word search ensures that your child covers the key word lists required at school. * Contains 25 puzzles covering the key words children are required to learn at school * A fun and motivating way for children to practise their spelling * Makes an ideal holiday purchase.
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  • Collins Easy Learning English

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: AKCZW
    Paperback 5 years +
    This engaging activity book builds English skills through rewarding and motivating activities designed to give children a real sense of achievement, boosting their confidence and developing good learning habits for life. The colourful pages make learning fun and helpful tips and answers are included so that parent can support their child. This book develops literacy skills. Its colourful, motivating activities make learning fun. Helpful tips and answers are included so that parent can support their child's learning.
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  • Collins Gem English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: AQQWN
    Paperback 14 years +
    This new edition of the Collins Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus is an indispensable guide to the English language. Part of the Collins Gem range - the world's best-selling mini dictionaries - it provides dictionary definitions and thesaurus synonyms on the same page for incomparable quick and easy reference. Collins Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus provides the most up-to-date words, clear definitions and accessible same-page dictionary and thesaurus texts - all in the handy and portable Gem format. In addition to the wide range of definitions and synonyms, the Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus has a handy and practical supplement on punctuation and spelling rules. With its clear colour layout and matching dictionary and thesaurus entries on the same page, you can be confident that the Collins Gem Dictionary & Thesaurus will help you find all the latest words you need - and fast!
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  • Spelling Ages 7-8

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: ANQDV
    Paperback 7 years +
    This fun range of Maths and English activity books really helps to boost your child's progress at every stage of their learning. The series builds important skills in line with their learning at school. Each activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. * Helps to boost confidence and develop good learning habits for life. * Motivates children to learn at home using colourful activities that make learning fun. * Includes helpful tips and answers so that you easily support your child's learning at home. Supports the 2014 National Curriculum
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  • Collins School - Collins GEM German School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ANHVT
    Paperback 11 years +
    Ideal for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is clear, easy to use and in a handy format. Especially designed for KS3 school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how German is really used. * The clear colour layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Ich bin, du bist...German verbs made easy! Each verb on the German side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in French and Spanish.
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  • Collins Gem Spanish Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ATPFP
    Paperback 14 years +
    A portable, up-to-the-minute Spanish dictionary. This latest mini edition comes with all the new and current words in Spanish and English plus handy links to Spanish verb tables. Its small, compact size makes it the perfect choice for travellers, students and business people. Features include: * All the latest words in Spanish and English * Links to verb tables * Ideal companion to GCSE Spanish * User-friendly Phrasefinder supplement for travellers, including a handy menu-reader section * Clear, colour layout, useful examples, language and cultural notes * Durable, flexibound cover makes it ideal for travel or for the schoolbag All the latest words reflecting changes in modern lifestyle, plus an easy-to-read colour layout, special treatment of key words such as can, that, ser, de, notes about life in Spanish-speaking countries and warnings on commonly confused words. The Phrasefinder section has been developed to give travellers on business, school and leisure trips all the essential phrases they need. The menu-reader section is a quick guide to the most common words and phrases you will find in Spanish bars and restaurants, ensuring you always get what you expect from a meal out. 40,000 words and phrases, 60,000 translations
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  • New GCSE German Vocab Book - for the Grade 9-1 Course

    CPG Books

    Product Code: BTCZL
    Paperback
    This must-have pocket-sized CGP German Vocab Book contains all the words students will need to master for the latest 9-1 GCSE exams. It's simple to use, with the vocab arranged by topic, the English translations alongside and higher tier words clearly separated. And finally, so that students are able to track their progress throughout the course, we've included tick boxes at the end of every topic.
  • Collins School - Collins GEM Spanish School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ANHVH
    Paperback 11 years +
    Ideal for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is clear, easy to use and in a handy format. Especially designed for KS3 school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how Spanish is really used. * The clear colour layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Soy, eres, es...Spanish verbs made easy! Each verb on the Spanish side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in French and German.
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  • Spanish Phrasebook for Kids

    Product Code: BWMBZ
    Paperback
    Designed for children, with the emphasis on fun, the Italian Phrasebook for Kids is perfect for children on the move in a handy pocket size. Ideal for holidays, school trips and exchanges. The series covers the most popular European destinations for family holidays, France, Spain and Italy and are presented in cartoon format so the text is easily accessible for children. Sections included: Making friends, Do you want to play?, Lunchtime, Looking good, Hanging out, Pocket money, Grown-up talk, Extra bits. Aimed at children 7 -13.
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  • Collins Gem School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BTZRM
    Paperback 11 years +
    The perfect mini dictionary for all students aged 11+. Updated to include around 20,000 entries, including all the words you need to know for school and exams, still contained in the best-selling Gem format. This handy mini-sized dictionary has been developed with teachers to be the perfect tool for both school work and homework. With over 20,000 clear, concise definitions and extra help with difficult pronunciations, it gives core vocabulary for key curriculum exam subjects, plus thousands of examples of words in use. Developed with teachers, this dictionary is an indispensable tool for any secondary school student aged 11+. Furthermore, this new edition includes a guide to punctuation, spelling and grammar, to support students in class, and during home study. Have confidence - Help with spelling, pronunciation and difficult words Get it right - Clear definitions and core vocabulary for key subjects Get there fast - Clear, colour layout for easy accessibility Get more - Contains more entries than any other school dictionary of this size
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  • Collins Gem School Thesaurus

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BTZRL
    Paperback 11 years +
    A fantastic mini school thesaurus for ages 11+ in the best-selling Gem format to help you find the right word every time. Written specially to help with school work and homework, this new edition provides thousands of synonyms to increase vocabulary, with examples to show context for every synonym listed. This mini thesaurus includes all the newest words in the English language, plus a useful supplement to provide help with finding the right word. Every entry has a definition, and each alternative word is followed by its own example, helping you decide which word is the most appropriate to use. The perfect companion to the new Collins Gem School Dictionary, and an indispensable tool for any secondary school student aged 11+. Using a thesaurus has never been easier!
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  • Pocket Eyewitness Dogs

    DK

    Product Code: BRZCQ
    Paperback
    Find out more about one of our favourite animals - the dog - in this mini handbook bursting with breeds and fantastic dog facts. Pocket Eyewitness Dogs is packed with bite-sized chunks of information that make learning about dogs fun. Read the profiles of more than 180 individual dog breeds, from Great Danes to tiny terriers, in this cool canine encyclopedia. Learn more about the main groups of dog breeds, from working dogs to companion dogs, and find out more about dog behaviour, biology, and even the history of how humans have lived alongside - and relied on - these faithful creatures. If you didn't know that dogs have more than 300 million smell-detecting cells, while humans have just 6 million, or that Dalmatians are born spotless, then this is the book for you! Perfect for school projects and homework assignments as well as for dipping into, Pocket Eyewitness Dogs will tell you everything you need to know about dogs in one pocket-sized book.
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  • Pocket Eyewitness Sharks

    DK

    Product Code: BSBGX
    Paperback
    Dive into the world of the shark, one of the ocean's most awesome predators, in this mini encyclopedia of some of the world's most magnificent marine creatures. Pocket Eyewitness Sharks gives you fast facts at your fingertips and includes pictures to make learning about these extraordinary creatures even more fun. Did you know that the gentle whale shark has more than 300 rows of tiny teeth? Or that some hammerheads roam the seas in schools of more than 500 sharks? No? Then you need this book with its profiles of over 170 marine creatures, including sharks and rays, skates, and their relatives. Find out the secrets of their watery habitat - from where they swim to what they eat - and learn about the conservation efforts underway to protect them. Perfect for school projects and homework assignments as well as for young shark fans, Pocket Eyewitness Sharks will tell you everything you need to know about sharks in one pocket-sized book.
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  • Pocket Eyewitness Cars

    DK

    Product Code: BPPCK
    Paperback
    Dive into the amazing world of cars, from the oldest classic cars to record-breaking vehicles, supercars, and the cars of the future. Get behind the wheel of 160 different types of cars, from hatchbacks and saloons to hybrids and vintage cars, and even explore the exhilarating sport of car racing. From the classic Ferrari 250 GT SWB to today's tiniest electric cars, find out how cars work and the mysteries of the car engine. With dozens of facts at your fingertips and bite-sized chunks of information, learning about cars becomes even more fun. With amazing encyclopedic stats, engaging photographs and genius gem facts, DK Pocket Eyewitness Cars will help you explore cool cars from every era. Perfect for school projects and homework assignments as well as for young car enthusiasts, DK Pocket Eyewitness Cars will tell you everything you need to know about cars in one pocket-sized book.
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  • French Phrasebook for Kids

    Product Code: BWMAT
    Paperback
    Designed for children, with the emphasis on fun, the French Phrasebook for Kids is perfect for children on the move in a handy pocket size. Ideal for holidays, school trips and exchanges. The series covers the most popular European destinations for family holidays, France, Spain and Italy and are presented in cartoon format so the text is easily accessible for children. Sections included: Making friends, Do you want to play?, Lunchtime, Looking good, Hanging out, Pocket money, Grown-up talk, Extra bits. Aimed at children 7 -13.
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  • Collins Easy Learning English

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: AKDAB
    Paperback 7 years +
    This engaging activity book builds English skills through rewarding and motivating activities designed to give children a real sense of achievement, boosting their confidence and developing good learning habits for life. The colourful pages make learning fun and helpful tips and answers are included so that parent can support their child. This book develops literacy skills. Its colourful, motivating activities make learning fun. Helpful tips and answers are included so that parent can support their child's learning.
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  • Collins Gem German Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ATPFR
    Paperback 14 years +
    A portable, up-to-the-minute German dictionary. This latest mini edition comes with all the new, current words in German and English plus handy links to German verb tables, making it the perfect choice for travellers, students and business people. Features include: * All the latest words in German and English * Links to verb tables * Ideal companion to GCSE German * User-friendly Phrasefinder supplement for travellers, including a handy menu-reader section * Clear, colour layout, useful examples, language and cultural notes * Durable, flexibound cover makes it ideal for travel or for the schoolbag * Durable, flexibound cover makes it ideal for travel or for the schoolbag All the latest words reflecting changes in modern lifestyle, plus an easy-to-read colour layout, special treatment of key words, notes about life in German-speaking countries and warnings on commonly confused words. The Phrasefinder section has been developed to give travellers on business, school and leisure trips all the essential phrases they need. The menu-reader section is a quick guide to the most common words and phrases you will find in German bars and restaurants, ensuring you always get what you expect from a meal out. 40,000 words and phrases, 60,000 translations
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  • Collins Gem English Thesaurus

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: AQQWL
    Paperback 14 years +
    This new edition of Collins Gem Thesaurus is part of the Collins Gem range - the world's best-selling mini dictionaries and thesauruses. This new edition is fully up-to-date, with the newest words to enter the English language, with thousands of synonyms and antonyms. With thousands of alternative words, subject lists and a useful supplement, this colour edition of the Collins Gem English Thesaurus is ideal for everyday use in home, school and office. The handy little thesaurus gives you practical, applied knowledge in your pocket. It contains a wide selection of alternative words and opposites, with the most useful words highlighted for ease of reference. The clear colour layout also makes the content easily accessible. Includes a brand new supplement which tackles questions of style and etiquette thrown up by both traditional and modern forms of communication. From letters to social media updates, it offers guidance and examples. 128,000 synonyms and antonyms
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  • Collins School - Collins GEM French School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ANHVS
    Paperback 11 years +
    Ideal for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is clear, easy to use and in a handy format. Especially designed for KS3 school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how French is really used. * The clear colour layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Je suis, tu es...French verbs made easy! Each verb on the French side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive 94-page verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in Spanish and German.
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  • Pocket Eyewitness Animals

    DK

    Product Code: BRZCR
    Paperback
    Discover some of the strangest species in the animal kingdom in this brilliant mini book packed with pictures and bulging with fun facts. Pocket Eyewitness Animals uses bite-sized chunks of information to make learning about animals even more fun. From flamingos to frogs, explore the animal family tree and find out the unique features that make an elephant a mammal, or a shark a fish. Inside you'll find everyday animals you might see in your garden as well as rare and exotic species. For each entry, this handy guide profiles habitat, diet, size, and behaviour, along with cool facts about the most curious creatures. Perfect for school projects and homework assignments as well as for young animal lovers, Pocket Eyewitness Animals will tell you everything you need to know about animals in one pocket-sized book.
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  • New GCSE French Grammar Workbook - For the Grade 9-1 Course (Includes Answers)

    CGP Books

    Product Code: BGPUG
    Paperback
    This superb CGP Workbook is the perfect way for Grade 9-1 GCSE French students to hone their grammar skills. It contains hundreds of questions covering every essential grammar point, plus plenty of translation practice (translating French sentences into English, and vice-versa). All the answers are included at the back of the book, and matching study notes are available in CGP's French Grammar Handbook (9781782947950).
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  • Italian Phrasebook for Kids

    Product Code: BWMAU
    Paperback
    Designed for children, with the emphasis on fun, the Italian Phrasebook for Kids is perfect for children on the move in a handy pocket size. Ideal for holidays, school trips and exchanges. The series covers the most popular European destinations for family holidays, France, Spain and Italy and are presented in cartoon format so the text is easily accessible for children. Sections included: Making friends, Do you want to play?, Lunchtime, Looking good, Hanging out, Pocket money, Grown-up talk, Extra bits. Aimed at children 7 -13.
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  • My First French Words

    Lesley Grainger

    Product Code: BGKGW
    Paperback Toddlers
    This exciting activity book is a brilliant first introduction to the French language. Learn the French words for all your favourite animals, objects and lots of other everyday words. Each word is clearly written in English and French, which makes it easy to grasp the language quickly, and the bright illustrations throughout support early language recognition and comprehension. You will start by learning simple words and phonics, before building up to more difficult words. But, don't worry, there's a list of all the more difficult words at the back of the book that will help with pronunciation. With over 300 colourful stickers to find and match to the correct words, this book has everything you need to perfect your language skills!
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  • Collins Gem French Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ATPFS
    Paperback
    A portable, up-to-the-minute French dictionary. This latest mini edition comes with all the new a latest words in French and English plus handy links to French verb tables, making it the perfect choice for travellers, students and business people. Features include: * All the latest words in French and English * Links to verb tables for easy learning * Ideal for school and a great companion to GCSE French * User-friendly Phrasefinder supplement for travellers, including a handy menu-reader section * Clear, colour layout, useful examples, language and cultural notes All the latest words reflecting changes in modern lifestyle, plus an easy-to-read colour layout, special treatment of key words, notes about life in French-speaking countries and warnings on commonly confused words. The Phrasefinder section has been developed to give travellers on business, school and leisure trips all the essential phrases they need. The menu-reader section is a quick guide to the most common words and phrases you will find in French bars and restaurants, ensuring you always get what you expect from a meal out. 40,000 words and phrases, 60,000 translations
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